Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Family Photographs - Post 16: Carringer/Smith Marriage Certificate

I'm posting old family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is one of the most precious (to me) images from my Smith/Carringer family collection:

This is an image of the Marriage Certificate documenting the marriage of Mr. Henry A. Carringer and Miss Della A. Smith on 11 September 1887 in Wano, Cheyenne County, Kansas, signed by Rev. Emanuel Richards, Minister of Congregational Church. Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer were my great-grandparents who came to San Diego on the train after their wedding in Kansas and settled there. I am a 5th generation San Diegan (Austin's parents came later) and proud of it, thanks be to Austin and Della!

This picture hung on the wall of their home on 30th Street in San Diego from 1887 to 1946, then on the wall of Lyle and Emily (Auble) Carringer in their homes on 30th Street and in Point Loma from 1946 to 1977, then on the wall of Fred and Betty (Carringer) Seaver in their homes on 30th Street and in Point Loma from 1977 to 2002, and on the wall of my home in Chula Vista since 2002.

I took a photograph of the framed picture last week and cropped it a bit. I am hesitant to take it out of the frame to scan it, but I'm curious if there are any "hidden" information within the framed picture. The frame is fairly new (perhaps 1970s or 1980s) but the actual certificate has folds and some small tears on the edges.

This is the only record I've found documenting this marriage.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


What a beautiful image!